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December 5th

There is still time for year-end financial moves that yield savings, rewards

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The holiday season is always a busy time of year, so you’re probably pretty busy. But it is important to take some time now to evaluate year-end financial moves that may be beneficial in preparing for your financial future.
Which year-end moves should you consider? You will want to talk to your financial advisor and tax and legal professionals first, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Warmth from charitable giving also reduces tax burden

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Americans have a charitable streak. In fact, estimates place the percentage of American households making charitable donations each year at 70-80 percent. Research suggests that giving is good for you, too. Donors experience a measurable kind of warm glow or “helpers’ high” from giving to a good cause, studies show.
Even if feeling good is not a motive for charitable giving, it sure is a plus to reap the tax benefits of giving. So it is worth considering the benefits of giving in the most tax-efficient ways, including making gifts of cash and appreciated securities or establishing donor-advised funds and family foundations.

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Patience and perspective should trump fear and greed

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Question: I got very conservative after the financial crisis a few years ago. With that behind us now, should I be getting more aggressive in my investments? I am retired, but I live simply and my pension income is enough to meet my needs. I want to see my money grow.
Answer: Can you feel it?

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Ex-GSU star James to join SWAC Hall of Fame

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GRAMBLING — Back in legendary Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson’s heyday, the gridrion wasn’t the only sports showcase in town.
GSU’s old Men’s Memorial Gym was a pretty happening place, too.
While Robinson’s football teams were dominating most of their opposition on the football field, GSU’s basketball team (there was no women’s squad at the time) was equally superior, largely in thanks to a “put it up from the parking lot” kind of small forward out of Cohen High School in New Orleans.

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Parish: Plenty of prep grid stars

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Johnson, Ginn lead way with 1,000-plus rushing yards
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When a running back reaches 1,000 yards on the ground for a season, well, that should pretty much wrap up postseason accolades of some type.
Figure on Ja’Ren Johnson and Austin Ginn experiencing such honors in upcoming weeks when a variety of after-the-season teams will be announced.
Ruston High’s Johnson and Cedar Creek’s Ginn are among the leading candidates to represent Lincoln Parish for such honors after being among the top rushers for their districts and classifications.

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Young guns bag good ones

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Kaleb Mills, the 12-year-old son of Dubach’s Jimbo and Teresa Mills, recently killed his first spike while hunting on his grandparents’ land in Dubach.

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Young guns bag good ones

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A recent hunting trip for Megan Ogden and sons Caleb Ogden and Joshua Ogden (center) recently turned out just perfectly. She and Joshua killed a doe each and Caleb bagged an eight-point buck while hunting on the property of Jackie and Ken Ogden in the northern part of Lincoln Parish.

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Plan carefully for best trophy photos

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Correctly composed snapshot will create lasting memories
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The second happiest moment for me as a hunter occurred a dozen years ago when I went to the photo shop and picked up pictures of my buck of a lifetime.
My happiest moment, obviously, was when I walked up and found that huge 8 point lying at my feet; the photos were just icing on the cake.
During the years since that fortunate occurrence, memories of the actual event have become faded and frayed.

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Avid Tech fan shares tailgating food, cooking tips

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Ruston is known for two things, peaches and Louisiana Tech. In the late 1970s Rusty Wilfong moved to Ruston with his wife Patti for one of those reasons.
“We came down to visit her parents and went to a Tech football game,” Wilfong said. “It was one of those great Saturday afternoon games, where Tech won.”
He added that he visited Tech and decided Ruston was a place where a person could settle down and raise a family.

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Weddings of the past

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Dreams of ever-lasting love linger at the Lincoln Parish Museum.
The new exhibit, “Weddings of the Past,” features wedding dresses worn by area women in the early to mid 20th century.
Most of the dresses were brought to the museum by Louisiana Tech University retired professor Linda Sivils.

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